Platon’s Mirror, a touring exhibition developed by the artist and the Goethe-Institut, has been shown through the Goethe-Instituts Sydney, Krakow, Bucharest, Sofia, London, Lisbon, Belgrade, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Karlsruhe, and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.
Platon’s allegory of the cave in the 7th book of The Republic is one of the most influential texts of European literature. The distinction he makes between a “false” reality of apparition and a “true” reality, accessible only to the enlightened, had a huge influence on the entire philosophy of the Renaissance and remained a major theme for the philosophy of the 20th Century.
Artist Mischa Kuball integrates Platon’s allegory in his work Platon’s Mirror. In very simple yet highly effective installations utilising projectors, silver foil, photographs and videos, Kuball creates spaces that can be considered analogous to the situation in Platon’s text about the cave. Through his light installations, Kuball questions whether ratio and the intellect are still useful when it comes to comprehending a distinction between reality and apparition. In this sense, his work can be seen as an attempt to question anew the classic connection between the metaphor of light and the idea of Enlightenment.
Mischa Kuball (*1959) lives in Düsseldorf and holds the Chair of Media Art: Holography and light art at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Cologne. Since 1984, he has been working in public and institutional spaces, has received notable awards and scholarships and has been teaching at various universities and art schools. Using mainly the medium of light – in installations and photography – he explores architectural spaces and contributes to social and political discourses.
Platon’s Mirror, a touring exhibition developed by the artist and the Goethe-Institut, has been shown at the Goethe-Instituts Sydney, Krakow, Bucharest, Sofia, London, Lisbon, Belgrade, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Karlsruhe, and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.